Welcoming new teachers on campus


Contributed by Tammy Soelberg

Tammy Soelberg is returning back to Perry. She taught at Perry for five years, but has come back to teach English.

Returning teacher Tammy Soelberg is joining the staff again after leaving in 2018. Now she teaches AP Literature after teaching an assortment of different subjects. 

Talya Gabay: How long have you been teaching?

Tammy Soelberg: Over 20 years. I feel like 22, but for sure over 20.

TG: What have you taught?

TS: So I have taught AP Lang, AP Lit, Honors 10, Beginning and Advanced Dance- all of that stuff here. At other schools I taught everything from Beginning Dance Company Dance, Humanities, honors sophomores, on level sophomores, and I think that’s it.

TG: What was your favorite out of all of those classes to teach?

TS: I would say AP Lit.

TG: What’s your favorite book?

TS: So my favorite author is David Valdacci. I have read like every book that he has written and I just love him. He’s got like different series that he works within them too, they’re just super good.

TG: How do you like teaching at Perry?

TS: I love Perry. For me it’s being home because I was here for five years until 2018, so it’s just like walking back into home. Like there’s people that I know, everything’s familiar, it’s awesome. The kids are awesome, it’s great. 

TG: Why did you come back to Perry?

TS: I came back because they asked me to. They needed somebody for second semester and it’s dual enrollment, which is everything that I’ve taught before with seniors and they asked if I could come and do it for a semester and I said yes.

TG: Was this your dream career? If not, what was it?

TS: It’s funny because I majored in English in college, and minored in dance and I said ‘I am not going to be a teacher, I am not going to do it’,  so my dream job was to be a technical writer which I did for two years for Ticketmaster in their corporate office and it was terrible. Because I’m a people person and you didn’t really have the interaction with people. And I taught dance my whole life and my husband was like ‘why are you doing this? You need to be a teacher,’ and he was correct. And I love it. For me, students make my job. Like that’s just it. I love the interaction with students.

TG: If you were a character in a book who would you be and why?

SC: There’s so many choices, but whoever it is, I would want it to be not the typical heroine. I want to be the strong, female, independent person who takes on the world. I don’t know who exactly that is though. Maybe I want to be black widow. Maybe that’s it.

TG: Would you rather have super speed or strength? Why?

TS: Strength, because I feel like, I think strength like mentally and physically and if you have that, you can handle anything.

The staff is welcoming Soelberg back after a four year break. Because she teaches a senior level class, all current freshman, sophomore, and juniors have the opportunity to learn under her advisement.